@DreamWorthy’s Latest FollowFriday List

Posted on 01/08/2010. Filed under: Business Networking, Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Hello Twitter Fans!

We had hoped to keep up with this recurring Follow Friday blog post that we started, but it just got away from us.  We still try to #FollowFriday peeps on Twitter directly (because it shows up in search for them), but we’ve reduced to mentioning those who mention us, since we recommend 150 (and growing) people.

Ugh. We feel bad about this because we once had a reputation for writing descriptive individual tweets for people, and we were very proud of that. (If you haven’t, see that other blog post to see what we mean.)

On a bright note, we do also have a Follow Friday List on Twitter. Lists seem like the best way to do this now, but we’d prefer that Twitter created a special Follow List feature, which would allow you to share some reasons why we recommend each friend. Feel free to lobby them on our behalf. 😉

So, please visit our list on Twitter, or check out the peeps we recommend below. We can promise you this – they are all DreamWorthy follows, with no pun intended!

genesistoday
Genesis Today | Austin

Nongling
Nong | Europe/Australia/US

knikkolette
Knikkolette Church | Atlanta,

grnladybug
East Tennessee,

studentoflife
One block outside Boulder, Col

BarbiM04
Barbara M | Ontario, Canada

Sara_Valor
Sara Valor | Southern

mrtweetlovesyou
MrTweet Community | Everywhere

Bloget
*Laurie* | Minneapolis, MN

BigBBrown
Brandon Brown | Albion, Indiana

PaulaRobinsonRN
Paula Robinson,RN | Marco Island, FL

MsVickiElam
Vicki Elam | Oregon & Montana

JillyBeeny
Jill | Detroit, MI

Roezz
Rose B. | Pennsylvania USA

starlingpoet
J.K. | Saskatchewan

cgooge
Chip Googe | Summerville, SC

greathorn
John | East Cost USA

ELGREGORIO
GREGORY K. PORTER

ElizObihFrank
elizabeth obih-frank | New York – London – Lagos

NickDevious
Nick | Northeastern USA

Suzyqbee10
Susan | Colfax, Ca

anotherside
Tehran

Olithechef
Olivia | Charleston, WV

cassady2euca
Rev Dr Susan K Smith | Columbus, Ohio

JohnLusher
Roanoke, VA

_Oblue
O’Blue | Cornwall

COBfan
Conan’sCurtainCall | USA

Goddess_Forever
Hun

ZenaRose
Zena Rose | United States

ddsnorth
Up North Somewhere

itspartityme
Geneva Hosek | Katy, Texas

MoHockey
Missouri Mavericks | Kansas City / Independence, MO

TidyCat
Minneapolis

kkyno
Karol Kyno | Heart of Houston~Texas

kscutiepie
Carla Freeberg | Wichita, Ks

Blanquis26
Blanca •**♥**• | Mesquite, Texas

CHRISVOSS
CHRIS VOSS | Las Vegas, NV

BrandenWilliams
Branden Williams | Flower Mound, Texas

WebAndFlo
Donna McLallen, APR

AmyOscar
Amy Oscar | New York

la_loquita
corey | Dalton, Georgia

MomsOutLoudDFW
Moms Out Loud | Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas

CheddarChad
Chad Rizzo | Gettin’ it, Ohio

ReikiAwakening
Alice Langholt | University Heights, Ohio USA

churchpunkmom
Megan | Des Moines, Iowa

nerdheroine
The Heroine | Kobayashi Maru, send help!

MarySarahMusic
Mary Sarah

Bahamabob
Bahama Bob | Texas, U.S.A.

ShellyKramer
Shelly Kramer

givemebargains
Natalie | Fort Lauderdale, FL

dreaves802
Dwayne Reaves | North Carolina

annq
Ann Quasman | Baltimore, MD

Maudeonline
Maude Online | Waterloo, IL

nelsonmaud
maureen | mishawaka,indiana

PamsLove
Pam | Littleton,Colorado.

RiWrites
Marianne Baird | In a very serene place

LilPecan
The Real Pecan ✔ | Bostonish

myneurotica
Miz Sassy | Topeka,Kansas

fordofocala
ford of ocala | ocala, florida

AceConcierge
♥Suzie ♥ | Wilmington, NC

nursemom90
Kathy Jones | Taylor Mi

SocialMediaMo
Dave Humphrey | Jacksonville, FL

Taramichener
Tara Michener | Michigan

WisdomalaCarte
Daniel K. Foisy | Montreal

ScottC10
Scott Campbell | Boulder

Sheri_ls
Sheri Leblanc | CA(San Francisco) & Louisiana

twittercize
Ron S. Doyle | Denver, Colorado, USA

SusanPowers
Susan Powers

RebeckaRead
Rebecka Read | Scottsdale, Arizona

KenRamirez
kenramirez | South Florida

turquoisefish
Babette Easley, Babs | N. Palm Beach; upper Keys, FL

NOTBorin
Smitty | Southern California

MisterNoodle
Springfield, IL

deweytoo
Nikki | Eastern PA

fernandovarela
Fernando Varela | Orlando

HoldemTalkRadio
Jamie L. Simon#1736 | Hollywood Hills, California

mchelldryjanski
Michelle Dryjanski | Chicago Suburbs

FizzyDuck
♥Miss Fizzy Duck♥ | London’ish

WendyGYoung
Wendy G Young | Houston, TX

BobSchecter
Bob Schecter | Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Yuricon
Erica Friedman | Morristown, New Jersey

wifemomme
wife,mom..me

worldprayr
#worldprayer

LessaT
Lessa, USA

TheBigfella
Anthony Smith | Oregon

stephaniec2c
Stephanie Cross | Mansfield, Texas

shelleehale
Shellee Hale | Bellevue, WA

Sparquel
Callie | My home office 😉

rosyblue
Rosy Villa | Los Angeles, California

RosieChihuahua
SoCa, God Bless The USA!

retweetfairy
ReTweet Fairy | United Kingdom

paula721
Paula Chandler

Mazukins
Mazey Mazukin | here on Earth!

mamapr
N i c S o t o | U.S.

lmpotter
Lisa Monson-Potter | ÜT

frankparker
Frank Parker | Birmingham, England

Flexlewis1
Jesse Lewis II | Topeka ,KS

danielho
Daniel Ho | Toronto, Canada

DavineDC
Davine Ker | Washington DC, USA

Dragoncade
Cade Long | Knoxville, TN.

DogTales
Jules | On the planet

Bekah72
Rebecca Waibel | TAMPA, FL

BarbaraDuke
Barbara Duke | Newport News VA

amronsomar
Norma Crain | Nevada

AlpacaFarmgirl
Katy Spears | Alabama

AkronOhioHomes
David M. Childress

arbonneteam
Colleen Geary | Swansea, Mass

amous
Dallas, TX

asinglewahm
Cindy | Ohio

Kali_Kunkle
Kali Kunkle | Dallas, TX

Mike_Kunkle
Mike Kunkle | Flower Mound TX

Yourdogfood
Heidi | Suburb North of Dallas TX

terrimcculloch
Houston, Texas

Tekee
Ted ☯ | Broomfield, CO 80020

TankaBar_Linda
Linda Crider | Dallas, TX

StuBakerComedy
Stu Baker | Tempe, AZ

Sixtiesguy
Michael Broadway | Kansas City

SusanLorelei
Sue | Pittsburgh, PA

SusanPreston
Susan Preston | South Carolina

screweduptexan
North of Dallas, Texas

SashaKane
Sasha | California

RosevilleRockLn
Roseville Heather O | Roseville, CA

Peties_Pam
Pam Murphy,M.S.,RRT | Chair in front of the computer

PawPrintsPet
Rebecca Forrest | Dayton, OH, USA

MrTweet
Mr Tweet | Everywhere

Mollyinfolode
Molly | Archer, Florida

MobiMom
Wendy Toone | New Hope, PA

MajorDodson
♥♥ Robert Dodson ♥♥ | Lone Star, Texas

LoveMyPoodles
Judy Bishop | Houston, TX

lauraduhaime
Laura Duhaime | New Hampshire

ladydreamer823
ceedale | somewhere

lesliebriskman
Leslie Briskman | Southern California

laineyspawtique
laineyspawtique.net | Illinois, United States

KirkElliott
Kirk Elliott | St. Lucia

johnmijac
Tucson, AZ, USA

julito77
Julio Ricardo Varela | Boston

J3551C4
|Jessica| | Boston, MA

joycecherrier
Joyce Cherrier | New Orleans/Maui

grouchobeer
MATTHEW HAHN | Tehran

gabbricha
Dana | Pennsylvania

ECS_Dave
ECS Dave | Greensboro, NC, USA

denyseduhaime
Denyse Duhaime | Boston

DrFernKazlow
Dr. Fern Kazlow | New York metro

DreamWorthyDoc
Doc Kunkle | Dallas, TX

cupcakes5
mb | Pennsylvania

blogomomma
UR MOMMA! | TWIT CITY & BLOGTALKRADIO!

BerniePiekarski
Bernie Piekarski | Orlando, Florida

bassguitar65
Joey Fiedler | Charleston, SC

AxsysTechGroup
Pembroke Pines, FL

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DreamWorthy FollowFriday List

Posted on 07/03/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, Follow Friday, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

@DreamWorthy on TwitterHello again DreamWorthy Friends!Twitter Logo

It’s Follow Friday again!

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that we are enthusiastic participants on Twitter. (If you’re new to us, or this blog, please keep reading and check out this post, too. If this is old news, skip right down to our #FollowFriday recommendations for this week.)

We make no apologies for marketing our business on Twitter and for trying to maximize the positive power of social media networking. We’re certainly still learning on a daily basis and Twitter is certainly still evolving. Overall, though, it seems to be working and it certainly is fun. TwitterFriends

That said, we know that our customers and Twitter friends are people first — walking, talking (tweeting), human beings — so we usually do our best to reach out, connect, engage, laugh, genuinely befriend, and help our followers — or as much as we can, given the crazy busy-ness of our lives! Frankly, it just feels good to help other people — whether or not they return the favor — and whether or not they become customers. It is an extension of the values we to try to live by, in business and life.

This blog is a socially-oriented, business networking concept, which includes a “Pay It Forward” twist. As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other. Recently, we have seen several Twitter friends put their #FollowFriday recommendations on their blogs, so it occurred to us that this forum, our DreamWorthy Friends networking blog, was a perfect place for us to do the same thing. So now, we do this every Friday. (Note: The most current list varies, based on who has interacted with us over a several week period.)

Here is our #FollowFriday list. Follow these Tweeple! And please check out their profiles and web sites!

@arbonneteam ~Friendly,kind online biz owner (Arbonne, of course) w/ a strong faith & great site: http://bit.ly/3ynFsh
@artsyknik ~Awesome peep. Fun, bright, nice. Talented artist & interior decorator. See http://bit.ly/42gi8v & http://bit.ly/jCZgz
@axsystechgroup ~Talented web site designer & web host: http://bit.ly/2U013Y ~Build & grow biz online: http://bit.ly/14Wb0q
@bassguitar65 ~Great tweeter! Funny, friendly & all around nice guy. Quite the horse pro ~ See http://bit.ly/2Sjfta
@blogomomma ~A funny, kind, sharp & positive tweeter~Queen of the hashtags! Fun blog: http://bit.ly/1MXzy6 A MUST follow!
@BerniePiekarski ~So wacky, fun & naughty that you almost forget he’s a bright biz & Internet Marketing pro: http://bit.ly/gBCKb
@cupcakes5 ~Funny, kind & chatty! Homeschools & writes an awesome cooking, baking, decorating blog: http://bit.ly/4hfTkp
@denyseduhaime ~Friendly, kind, supportive & fun tweeter ~Check out her site to talk weight loss: http://bit.ly/4wvdv9
@DreamWorthyDoc ~He’s our dog & mascot, snores quietly, kills spiders fearlessly + he’s CUTE: http://tr.im/DocPics
@DrFernKazlow ~DrK is savvy~bright~kind & real. Personal Growth & Social Media Biz Growth: http://bit.ly/2GbDe2
@ECS_Dave ~Bright, engaging tweeter w/ a proven approach to personal development. See: http://bit.ly/2Ar93X
@gabbricha ~Mom of 3, dog person, funny and kind. Follow her and check out her site!  http://bit.ly/Ioy7g
@grouchobeer ~An old friend ~highly intelligent w/ a wickedly-twisted, hilarious wit. Film maker & comic writer.
@j3551c4 ~An engaging, kind & funny tweeter who shares a mutual admiration w/Kali for Team Eric (TrueBlood)!
@johnmijac ~Friendly tweeter, Real Estate pro in AZ, real convo & an excellent chef. HUGE heart. See http://bit.ly/2eW7Xc
@joycecherrier ~Blond, buff & bubbly ~an ex-pro athlete w/a big heart & fun attitude! Likes to help people. http://bit.ly/1JrnnZ
@julito77 ~Intelligent, family man w/ a biz plan. Great marketing mind ~ a really great guy! 😉 Check out: http://bit.ly/3Uf52N
@KirkElliott ~St. Lucia wedding photographer, extraordinarre. Also friendly, kind, fun & supportive! See: http://bit.ly/1lj4oT
@ladydreamer823 ~Enthusiastic and engaging, friendly and fun! Always a blast to tweet with this wonderful lady!
@laineyspawtique ~A wonderful tweeter who goes the extra mile, converses, & makes a mean canine cuisine! See http://bit.ly/4cUFZz
@lauraduhaime ~A funny engaging tweeter who is supportive & helpful. Check out: http://bit.ly/3ihGjI for great deals!
@lesliebriskman ~Sharp, funny, a real estate pro and an understudy for Twitter hashtag queen. See her at http://bit.ly/1wshwo
@LoveMyPoodles ~Good-hearted, kind tweeter w/ a sense of humor. See her Health Cafe for pets & people: http://bit.ly/27Y5a8
@MajorDodson ~A Texas bud who’s kind, engaging, funny & a wonderful poet! See http://bit.ly/15mnt6
@mamapr ~Kind positive tweeter ~Runs a PR distribution biz + more ~PR Site: http://bit.ly/2mRjHM PR Blog: http://bit.ly/qQItg
@MobiMom ~This Mom is funny, fun ~ a friendly, supportive RT’er. Check out her children’s stories site: http://bit.ly/1MYfPb
@Mollyinfolode ~Genuine, kind, funny, engaging, supportive ~ music-scene queen & and all-around great peep!
@MrTweet ~Come on, he helps us recommends people. Ya gotta love MrTweet! ~ http://bit.ly/142NSV
@PawPrintsPet ~Dog-loving~friendly~engaging~funny~ Photographer of dogs in action! Check out: http://bit.ly/3VIbir
@Peties_Pam ~Engaging friendly tweeter~educates on nutrition/health ~check out http://bit.ly/34rAcM & http://bit.ly/3kc7H2
@RosevilleRockLn ~Hilarious~snarky~ROTFL funny~supportive & kind. Serious side: http://bit.ly/1eJeYH ~Fun Blog: http://bit.ly/2sOY4f
@SashaKane ~A heart the size of Texas. Sweet, kind, sincere, caring & gentle! Read her story at http://bit.ly/2I0zyp
@screweduptexan ~Fellow Texan~close in distance & spirit. Fun & kind! Her Blog: http://bit.ly/1yBX7D ~ Book: http://bit.ly/15DX8v
@Sixtiesguy ~Multi-talented, FUNNY, nice guy w/a GREAT website at http://bit.ly/4EiiNk ~Check him out!
@StuBakerComedy ~A wacky, fun, riotous, hilarious, engaging, comedic tweeter.
@SusanLorelei ~ A really kind-hearted Tweeter who is very engaging ~ Sweet & funny ~ Check out her site: http://bit.ly/14wExy
@SusanPreston ~Susan always breezes in to say hello & wish us a wonderful day. See her new Twitter biz at http://bit.ly/2taeWy
@TankaBar_Linda ~A fellow online biz owner~engaging, supportive, fun to tweet with. Shop at http://bit.ly/5BUcp
@Tekee ~Incredibly nice~friendly~engaging down to Earth tweeter ~Check out his blog at http://bit.ly/VZXlm
@terrimcculloch ~Wonderful Texas tweeter ~ Director of Sales/Mktg for drug testing co ExperTox at http://bit.ly/3b2NzL
@Yourdogfood ~ Fellow N. Dallas tweeter with kids, animals & a cool healthy food biz for dog & cats: http://bit.ly/3wFlsK
Please follow @mike_kunkle & @kali_kunkle, where we hang out when we’re not @DreamWorthy

Other engaging, friendly and/or kind peeps who we really like. Please follow them too!

@asinglewahm @amous @arbonneteam @akronohiohomes @AlpacaFarmgirl @amronsomar @BarbaraDuke @Bekah72 @DogTalesdragoncade @DavineDC @danielho @ElizObihFrank @flexlewis1 @frankparker @lmpotter @lauraduhaime @mamapr @Mazukins @paula721ReTweetFairy @RosieChihuahua @rosyblue @sparquel @shelleehale @Stephaniec2c @theBigfella @LessaT @WendyGYoung @worldprayr @wifemomme @Yuricon

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DreamWorthy FollowFriday for Friday 06-12-2009

Posted on 06/12/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

@DreamWorthy on TwitterHello again DreamWorthy Friends!Twitter Logo

It’s Follow Friday again!

If you’re reading this, you probably already know that we are enthusiastic participants on Twitter(If you’re new to us, or this blog, please keep reading. If this is old news, skip right down to our #FollowFriday recommendations for this week.)

We make no apologies for marketing our business on Twitter and for trying to maximize the positive power of social media networking. We’re certainly still learning on a daily basis and Twitter is certainly still evolving. Overall, though, it seems to be working and it certainly is  fun. Twitter Friends

That said, we know that our customers and Twitter friends are people first — walking, talking (tweeting), human beings — so we usually do our best to reach out, connect, engage, laugh, genuinely befriend, and help our followers — or as much as we can, given the crazy busy-ness of our lives! Frankly, it just feels good to help other people — whether or not they return the favor — and whether or not they become customers. It is an extension of the values we to try to live by, in business and life.

In that vein, this blog is a socially-oriented, business networking concept, which includes a “Pay It Forward” twist. As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other. Recently, we have seen several Twitter friends put their #FollowFriday recommendations on their blogs, so it occurred to us that this forum, our DreamWorthy Friends networking blog, was a perfect place for us to do the same thing. So now, we do this every Friday. (Note: The most current list varies, based on who has interacted with us over a several week period.)

Here is our #FollowFriday post on this blog, for Friday, June 12, 2009. Follow these Tweeple! And please check out their profiles and web sites!

@3bubblesoff ~Spirited, bubbly, musical, self-proclaimed Twitter-addict with a great sense of fun & fellowship.
@arbonneteam ~Friendly & kind fellow online biz owner with a strong faith & great site: http://tr.im/megS
@axsystechgroup ~Talented web site designer & web host company: http://tr.im/Axsys; build & grow online biz: http://tr.im/kcBU
@banteringblonde ~Blonde & bantering is hard 2 beat. Bubbly~outgoing~funny~kind~Great tweeter! See vlog~ http://bit.ly/s4XVy
@blogomomma ~A funny, kind, sharp & positive tweeter~Truly good peep! Did we mention funny?! Fun blog: http://tr.im/kdOWf
@bassguitar65 ~Great tweeter! Funny, friendly & all around nice guy. Quite the horse pro ~ See http://tr.im/m6HE
@bizwhig ~Billie is an ACN rep with COOL products at http://tr.im/iVvT & a great sense of fun and fellowship.
@DreamWildly ~AdWords guru, wine enthusiast & funny peep with a big heart. Fun convo ~ see cool articles: http://tr.im/mPWM
@DreamWorthyDoc ~He’s our dog & mascot, snores quietly, kills spiders fearlessly + he’s CUTE: http://tr.im/DocPics
@DrFernKazlow ~DrK is savvy~bright~kind & real. Personal Growth & Social Media Biz Growth: http://tr.im/j5X4 & http://tr.im/kcLC
@denyseduhaime ~Friendly, kind, supportive & fun tweeter ~Check out her site to make money on the ‘Net: http://tr.im/jF9b
@ECS_Dave ~Bright, engaging tweeter w/ a proven approach to personal development. See: http://tr.im/m66j & http://tr.im/m66u
@FawnKey ~A great, kind guy with a good sense of humor. An e-marketing whiz, too. See http://tr.im/mOXp & http://tr.im/mOXz
@gabbricha ~Mom of 3, dog person, funny and kind. Runs 2 biz’s: http://tr.im/kgeA & http://tr.im/kgeZ ~Check her out!
@grouchobeer ~An old friend ~highly intelligent w/ a wickedly-twisted, hilarious wit. Film maker & comic writer.
@itspartityme ~Friendly, supportive Tweeter who cares enough to ask about you. For party planning help: http://tr.im/nAE1
@joycecherrier ~Blond, buff & bubbly ~an ex-pro athlete w/a big heart & fun attitude! Likes to help people. http://tr.im/j623
@JaxLicurse ~A friendly tweeter who cheerfully adds something to our day. Make your money work for you: http://tr.im/m6Or
@julito77 ~Intelligent, family man w/ a biz plan. Great marketing mind ~ a really great guy! 😉 Check out: http://tr.im/j64P
@johnmijac ~Friendly tweeter, Real Estate pro in AZ, real convo & an excellent chef. HUGE heart. See http://tr.im/m6Q3
@knikkolette ~Awesome peep. Fun, bright, nice. Talented artist & interior decorator. See http://bit.ly/pj8Ft & http://tr.im/kcYo
@kparker3 ~Texan dog lover with a positive attitude. Sweet & engaging ~ Show her some Twitter love! 🙂
@LadyCromwell ~An incredibly funny, nice & engaging tweeter who always takes time out to say Hi to us. Enjoy tweeting w/her!
@laineyspawtique ~A wonderful tweeter who goes the extra mile, converses, & makes a mean canine cuisine! See http://tr.im/j60l
@lindasmith247 ~Supportive, fun peep with a wonderful gift basket site. Follow her & check out: http://tr.im/lc4V
@lauraduhaime ~A funny engaging tweeter who is supportive & helpful. Check out: http://tr.im/kdB0 for great deals!
@Lipodoc ~She will suck the fat right outta ya. Plus, she is engaging, bright and riotously funny. See http://tr.im/m6a2
@LoveMyPoodles ~Displaced NYer in TX~a good-hearted, kind tweeter w/ a sense of humor. Can now say “Y’all!” http://tr.im/kgj2
@MajorDodson ~A Texas bud who’s kind, engaging, funny & a wonderful poet! See http://tr.im/iVUt & http://tr.im/m6TE
@michbennett ~Friendly, engaging tweeter who is always willing to tweet and help! Marketing whiz: http://tr.im/m6av
@MisterNoodle ~This noodle-head is hilarious, engaging, w/ a heart of gold covered in a layer of snarkcasm. A MUST FOLLOW!
@MobiMom ~This Mom is funny, fun ~ a friendly, supportive RT’er. Check out her children’s stories sit6e: http://tr.im/ol4y
@Mollyinfolode ~Genuine, kind, funny, engaging, supportive ~ music-scene queen + working on http://www.infolode.com (coming soon).
@MrTweet ~Come on, he helps us recommends people. Ya gotta love MrTweet! ~ http://tr.im/kdXU
@nursejennifer ~Wacky and good-hearted, she is as funny and fun as they come. Check out http://tr.im/kdGt
@NYCityMama ~Carol is a friendly, positive, kind, fun mommy blogger! Check out: http://tr.im/kdGz
@PawPrintsPet ~Dog-loving~friendly~engaging~funny~ Photographer of dogs in action! Check out: http://tr.im/m6bl
@Peties_Pam ~Engaging friendly tweeter~educates on nutrition/health ~check out http://tr.im/j60p & http://tr.im/kd6n
@RandomReTweet ~Because hey, RT’ing is a good thing. Also follow @Pathway8 – the genius youngster behind the scenes.
@RebeccaHasWrote ~Funny, enjoyable TwitterBell who always says hello & engages. Awesome blog at http://tr.im/kdHU
@RosevilleRockLn ~Hilarious~snarky~ROTFL funny~supportive & kind. Serious side: http://tr.im/kdIB ~Fun Blog: http://tr.im/kdJb
@SashaKane ~A heart the size of Texas. Sweet, kind, sincere, caring & gentle! Read her story at http://tr.im/kdLf
@screweduptexan ~Fellow Texan~close in distance & spirit. Fun & kind! Her Blog: http://tr.im/kdgh ~ Her Book: http://tr.im/la4r
@SusanPreston ~Susan always breezes in to say hello & wish us a wonderful day. See her new Twitter biz at http://tr.im/mPjj
@ShellyKramer ~Friendly~kind~supportive~witty~bright, engaging & fun. Marketing/branding/ad pro: http://tr.im/kdsg
@SallyLeeCandles ~Friendly, kind tweeter with a wonderful eco-friendly candle company: http://tr.im/m9RK
@SandiNJ ~A friendly, kind-hearted NJ Mom who is pleasant, positive and fun to tweet with. Read: http://tr.im/m70M
@Stacie00 ~A kind, fun & funny Tweeter who “sweet” talks with us about snacks (and more!) ~ Read her blog: http://tr.im/m71R
@SusanLorelei ~ A really kind-hearted Tweeter who is very engaging ~ Sweet & funny ~ Check out her site: http://tr.im/kgcM
@stephaniec2c ~Great networker, friendly & kind~Internet marketing whiz~See: http://tr.im/lJ4C
@StuBakerComedy ~A wacky, fun, riotous, hilarious, engaging, comedic tweeter.
@TankaBar_Linda ~A fellow online biz owner~engaging, supportive, fun to tweet with. Shop at http://tr.im/m6CG!
@tcansler ~A fellow TX Tweeter with a big heart! Tami is friendly, engaging & funny! Great tweetversations! 🙂
@TidyCat ~Real convo, big heart, genuine. A love for tuna & a gift of gab. Positive & fun. See: http://tr.im/m74G
@Tekee ~Incredibly nice~friendly~engaging down to Earth tweeter ~Check out his Twitter philosophy and #FF at http://tr.im/kduf
@twittercize ~Does his best to make us strain a muscle, lift an arm, or cramp a toe. For a blast, check out: http://tr.im/kdxl
@terrimcculloch ~Wonderful Texas tweeter who runs http://tr.im/iBgZ ~ helps small biz owners grow. Supportive~nice~kind~fun!
@WantedCoupons ~A great coupon site~a fun blog, wonderful peeps~engaging, fun & supportive~Visit our buds at http://tr.im/kdyR
@WhimsicalMom ~Friendly, kind, supportive tweeter with a cool Etsy site. Check out the natural toys! http://tr.im/nABR
@Yourdogfood ~ Fellow N. Dallas tweeter with kids, animals & a cool healthy food biz for dog & cats: http://tr.im/mPle

Other engaging, friendly and/or kind peeps who we really like. Please follow them too!

@amronsomar @Bonniestwit @cellysmellys @DogTales @dragoncade @DanRMorris @DogTravelComp @DavineDC @danielho @fridayluv @flicka47 @frankparker @HolisticMom @IveGotUCovered @J3551C4 @JeanieHollon @JulieBMack @lmpotter @ladydreamer823 @MiraclesGoddess @Pamela_Jones @sweetkittyrina @sweetcherrypop @SylvieDog @ToniTierney @theBigfella @waver52 @WhimsicalMom @XtyMiller @ZnaTrainer

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DreamWorthy FollowFriday for Friday 06-05-2009

Posted on 06/05/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking, Twitter | Tags: , , , , , , , |

@DreamWorthy on TwitterHello again DreamWorthy Friends!Twitter Logo

It’s Follow Friday again!

If you’re reading this, you probably know that we are enthusiastic participants on Twitter. We make no apologies for marketing our business there and for trying to maximize the positive power of social media networking. We’re certainly still learning on a daily basis and Twitter is certainly still evolving. Overall, though, it seems to be working and it certainly has been fun. Twitter Friends This has been a challenging week from a time management perspective, so our apologies for not engaging as much as we usually do. We plan to get back into our normal rhythm soon.

That said, we know that our customers and Twitter friends are people first — walking, talking (tweeting), human beings — so we usually do our best to reach out, connect, engage, laugh, genuinely befriend, and help our followers — or as much as we can, given the crazy busy-ness of our lives! Frankly, it just feels good to help other people — whether or not they return the favor — and whether or not they become customers. It is an extension of the values we to try to live by, in business and life.

In that vein, this blog is a socially-oriented, business networking concept, which includes a “Pay It Forward” twist. As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other. Recently, we have seen several Twitter friends put their #FollowFriday recommendations on their blogs, so it occurred to us that this forum, our DreamWorthy Friends networking blog, was a perfect place for us to do the same thing. So now, we do this every Friday.  (Note: The most current list varies, based on who has interacted with us over a several week period.)

Here is our #FollowFriday post on this blog, for Friday, June 5, 2009. Follow these Tweeple! And please check out their profiles and web sites!

@arbonneteam ~Friendly & kind fellow online biz owner with a strong faith & great site: http://tr.im/megS
@axsystechgroup ~Talented web site designer & web host company: http://tr.im/Axsys; build & grow online biz: http://tr.im/kcBU
@banteringblonde ~Blonde & bantering is hard 2 beat. Bubbly~outgoing~funny~kind~Great tweeter! See vlog~ http://bit.ly/s4XVy
@blogomomma ~A funny, kind, sharp & positive tweeter~Truly good peep! Did we mention funny?! Fun blog: http://tr.im/kdOWf
@bassguitar65 ~Great tweeter! Funny, friendly & all around nice guy. Quite the horse pro ~ See http://tr.im/m6HE
@bizwhig ~Billie is an ACN rep with COOL products at http://tr.im/iVvT & a great sense of fun and fellowship.
@DreamWildly ~AdWords guru, wine enthusiast & funny peep with a big heart. Fun convo ~ see cool articles: http://tr.im/mPWM
@DreamWorthyDoc ~He’s our dog & mascot, snores quietly, kills spiders fearlessly + he’s CUTE: http://tr.im/DocPics
@DrFernKazlow ~DrK is savvy~bright~kind & real. Personal Growth & Social Media Biz Growth: http://tr.im/j5X4 & http://tr.im/kcLC
@denyseduhaime ~Friendly, kind, supportive & fun tweeter ~Check out her site to make money on the ‘Net: http://tr.im/jF9b
@ECS_Dave ~Bright, engaging tweeter w/ a proven approach to personal development. See: http://tr.im/m66j & http://tr.im/m66u
@FawnKey ~A great, kind guy with a good sense of humor. An e-marketing whiz, too. See http://tr.im/mOXp & http://tr.im/mOXz
@gabbricha ~Mom of 3, dog person, funny and kind. Runs 2 biz’s: http://tr.im/kgeA & http://tr.im/kgeZ ~Check her out!
@itspartityme ~Friendly, supportive Tweeter who cares enough to ask about you. For party planning help: http://tr.im/nAE1
@joycecherrier ~Blond, buff & bubbly ~an ex-pro athlete w/a big heart & fun attitude! Likes to help people. http://tr.im/j623
@JaxLicurse ~A friendly tweeter who cheerfully adds something to our day. Make your money work for you: http://tr.im/m6Or
@julito77 ~Intelligent, family man w/ a biz plan. Great marketing mind ~ a really great guy! 😉 Check out: http://tr.im/j64P
@johnmijac ~Friendly tweeter, Real Estate pro in AZ, real convo & an excellent chef. HUGE heart. See http://tr.im/m6Q3
@knikkolette ~Awesome peep. Fun, bright, nice. Talented artist & interior decorator. See http://bit.ly/pj8Ft & http://tr.im/kcYo
@kparker3 ~Texan dog lover with a positive attitude. Sweet & engaging ~ Show her some Twitter love! 🙂
@LadyCromwell ~An incredibly funny, nice & engaging tweeter who always takes time out to say Hi to us. Enjoy tweeting w/her!
@laineyspawtique ~A wonderful tweeter who goes the extra mile, converses, & makes a mean canine cuisine! See http://tr.im/j60l
@lindasmith247 ~Supportive, fun peep with a wonderful gift basket site. Follow her & check out: http://tr.im/lc4V
@lauraduhaime ~A funny engaging tweeter who is supportive & helpful. Check out: http://tr.im/kdB0 for great deals!
@Lipodoc ~She will suck the fat right outta ya. Plus, she is engaging, bright and riotously funny. See http://tr.im/m6a2
@LoveMyPoodles ~Displaced NYer in TX~a good-hearted, kind tweeter w/ a sense of humor. Can now say “Y’all!” http://tr.im/kgj2
@MajorDodson ~A Texas bud who’s kind, engaging, funny & a wonderful poet! See http://tr.im/iVUt & http://tr.im/m6TE
@michbennett ~Friendly, engaging tweeter who is always willing to tweet and help! Marketing whiz: http://tr.im/m6av
@MisterNoodle ~This noodle-head is hilarious, engaging, w/ a heart of gold covered in a layer of snarkcasm. A MUST FOLLOW!
@Mollyinfolode ~Genuine, kind, funny, engaging, supportive ~ music-scene queen + working on http://www.infolode.com (coming soon).
@MrTweet ~Come on, he helps us recommends people. Ya gotta love MrTweet! ~ http://tr.im/kdXU
@nursejennifer ~Wacky and good-hearted, she is as funny and fun as they come. Check out http://tr.im/kdGt
@NYCityMama ~Carol is a friendly, positive, kind, fun mommy blogger! Check out: http://tr.im/kdGz
@PawPrintsPet ~Dog-loving~friendly~engaging~funny~ Photographer of dogs in action! Check out: http://tr.im/m6bl
@Peties_Pam ~Engaging friendly tweeter~educates on nutrition/health ~check out http://tr.im/j60p & http://tr.im/kd6n
@RandomReTweet ~Because hey, RT’ing is a good thing. Also follow @Pathway8 – the genius youngster behind the scenes.
@RebeccaHasWrote ~Funny, enjoyable TwitterBell who always says hello & engages. Awesome blog at http://tr.im/kdHU
@RosevilleRockLn ~Hilarious~snarky~ROTFL funny~supportive & kind. Serious side: http://tr.im/kdIB ~Fun Blog: http://tr.im/kdJb
@SashaKane ~A heart the size of Texas. Sweet, kind, sincere, caring & gentle! Read her story at http://tr.im/kdLf
@screweduptexan ~Fellow Texan~close in distance & spirit. Fun & kind! Her Blog: http://tr.im/kdgh ~ Her Book: http://tr.im/la4r
@SusanPreston ~Susan always breezes in to say hello & wish us a wonderful day. See her new Twitter biz at http://tr.im/mPjj
@ShellyKramer ~Friendly~kind~supportive~witty~bright, engaging & fun. Marketing/branding/ad pro: http://tr.im/kdsg
@SallyLeeCandles ~Friendly, kind tweeter with a wonderful eco-friendly candle company: http://tr.im/m9RK
@SandiNJ ~A friendly, kind-hearted NJ Mom who is pleasant, positive and fun to tweet with. Read: http://tr.im/m70M
@Stacie00 ~A kind, fun & funny Tweeter who “sweet” talks with us about snacks (and more!) ~ Read her blog: http://tr.im/m71R
@SusanLorelei ~ A really kind-hearted Tweeter who is very engaging ~ Sweet & funny ~ Check out her site: http://tr.im/kgcM
@stephaniec2c ~Great networker, friendly & kind~Internet marketing whiz~See: http://tr.im/lJ4C
@StuBakerComedy ~A wacky, fun, riotous, hilarious, engaging, comedic tweeter.
@TankaBar_Linda ~A fellow online biz owner~engaging, supportive, fun to tweet with. Shop at http://tr.im/m6CG!
@tcansler ~A fellow TX Tweeter with a big heart! Tami is friendly, engaging & funny! Great tweetversations! 🙂
@TidyCat ~Real convo, big heart, genuine. A love for tuna & a gift of gab. Positive & fun. See: http://tr.im/m74G
@Tekee ~Incredibly nice~friendly~engaging down to Earth tweeter ~Check out his Twitter philosophy and #FF at http://tr.im/kduf
@twittercize ~Does his best to make us strain a muscle, lift an arm, or cramp a toe. For a blast, check out: http://tr.im/kdxl
@terrimcculloch ~Wonderful Texas tweeter who runs http://tr.im/iBgZ ~ helps small biz owners grow. Supportive~nice~kind~fun!
@WantedCoupons ~A great coupon site~a fun blog, wonderful peeps~engaging, fun & supportive~Visit our buds at http://tr.im/kdyR
@WhimsicalMom ~Friendly, kind, supportive tweeter with a cool Etsy site. Check out the natural toys!  http://tr.im/nABR
@Yourdogfood ~ Fellow N. Dallas tweeter with kids, animals & a cool healthy food biz for dog & cats: http://tr.im/mPle

Other engaging peeps we really like. Please follow them too!

@3bubblesoff @cellysmellys @DogTales @dragoncade @DogTravelComp @DavineDC @danielho @flicka47 @frankparker @HolisticMom @itspartityme @IveGotUCovered @J3551C4 @JulieBMack @lmpotter @MobiMom @Pamela_Jones @sweetkittyrina @sweetcherrypop @SylvieDog @ToniTierney @theBigfella @WhimsicalMom @ZnaTrainer

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DreamWorthy Friend, Ken Ramirez of AxsysTechGroup.com

Posted on 03/15/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, networking, Pay It Forward, Relationship Building, social media, Social Media Marketing, social networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

GENTLE REMINDER OF OUR PURPOSE & PRACTICE

DreamWorthy Friends Noteworthy Networkers is a forum designed to showcase and spotlight networking contacts and worthy business friends.

DreamWorthy Friends

This is a socially-oriented, business networking concept. For clarity, it is not intended to focus on “network marketing” or “multi-level marketing.” Nor does it necessarily exclude those who work this business model.

As an added benefit, our concept includes a “Pay It Forward” twist.  As we say in one of our earlier posts, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates and help each other.

WHO’S ON FIRST?

There are a few people with whom I have connected online in the last few months who have become friends that I truly trust.  A behavioral interviewing/hiring consultant I once worked with was fond of saying, “Interview ’em, test ’em, put ’em through the paces. But if you wouldn’t let them watch your kids for a few hours, don’t hire them.” His point was about trust – make sure they have the skills and competencies they need to get the job done, but hire people you can count on; whose word is gold; whose heart is pure (or as pure as we get, as imperfect humans).  Hire people you can trust.

When I think about that, it reminds me of Ken Ramirez of Axsys Technology Group. (Who, by the way, is celebrating his birthday today, March 15. Happy birthday, Ken!)

This is Ken

This is Ken

Ken is an interesting guy. He has an impressive business and technology background, no doubt.  He runs multiple companies, true. But it’s what he does and how he does it that separates Ken from the pack.  Not to mention, he is simply a phenomenally nice human being.

KEN RAMIREZ, THE PERSON

Ken has a degree in Computer Science and more than 20 years of experience in the software development industry. He’s consulted with both small and large companies, and every type of company in between. Some of his past clients have included giants such as American Express, Royal Caribbean, MetLife, Prudential and Merrill Lynch. This speaks to his expertise and professionalism, but barely scratches the surface of Ken, the person.

We first met Ken through LinkedIn in 2008, when we were building our own network. We sent a customized personal response to the large majority of people with whom we connected. Sadly, we received a response about 20% of the time. Ken was one of those who wrote back with a lively, friendly reply that endeared him to us immediately. Within a week, we were helping each other Digg articles and talking about social media and business online. Ken is a very engaging networker and freely shares of his knowledge and expertise, as evidenced by the free webinars he offers. Sure, it’s a marketing tool where he does meet prospective customers, but if you attend one, you’ll hear him sharing for all he’s worth, and not once doing what you would consider a “sales pitch.”  Watch an example here.

I’ll sum up this section about Ken with his own quote, from his Facebook page, right under his profile photo:  “Happiness comes from knowing that what you are doing for others brings them happiness.” That folks, is Ken Ramirez, the person.

AXSYS TECHNOLOGY GROUP, THE BUSINESS

axsystechgroup_logoLet’s talk about his business. I really like Ken’s business vision – it’s simple and clear: “Building the web one site at a time.”  His model is also very simple. He combines top-quality and premium services with the best customer service available. Every customer receives his top-notch customer support no matter how small or large the website or the company. This is so consistent with everything we have seen from Ken. A company can be no better than the person or people behind it, and Ken’s personality, work ethic, beliefs and strong moral footing lay the solid foundation for his company. Making it, of course, the kind of company you can trust and would want to do business with, or refer friends to.

Axsys Technology Group offers a portfolio of website development services, including:

  • Custom Website Development
  • Custom E-Commerce Website Development
  • osCommerce Development and Deployment
  • osCMax Development and Deployment
  • Joomla Website Development and Deployment
  • Flex Development
  • And more

Through its Axsys Hosting website, ATG also offers:

  • Shared Hosting Packages
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Website Templates
  • Merchant Accounts
  • SSL Certificates
  • And more

To learn more about Axsys Technology Group, you can research the following links:

What Axsys Technology Group does:premium_hosting

Axsys’ other web sites include:premium_emarketing

REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE

As you can tell, we recommend and endorse Ken highly. Each time we have reached out to him, he has responded with more than we would ever have anticipated or asked. And every time, his advice or actions have been high quality. Ken is not a “Diamond the the Rough,” he is a true Diamond.

Would you like to network, connect, befriend, buy from, learn from and/or help Ken when he needs it?  You’d benefit – and he’s deserving – so please reach out and let him know that Mike and Kali of DreamWorthyGifts.com sent you (Disclaimer: we get nothing but a thanks and good feelings, so there is no ulterior motive here).

You can find Ken at:

Ken Ramirez
Axsys Technology Group
19290 NW 12th Street
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

NETWORKING MEANS THE NET IS WORKING

Ken, we hope this helps you in some way, as you have helped us.  Readers, I sincerely hope that Ken – or a connection you make through him – brings additional success your way.

And lastly Ken, the baton is now passed.  Let us know when you want to showcase a noteworthy networking contact and the stage will be yours.

Well that’s it for this post, kind readers. Thank you for reading and for networking.  And hats off to Ken for adding real value to our network and so many others.

Your friends in networking,

Mike & Kali Kunkle
___________________________
DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
Write to us: Mail@DreamWorthyGifts.com
Shop at: http://www.DreamWorthyGifts.com
Read our Shopping Blog: http://DreamWorthyGifts.blogspot.com

JOIN US AT:

http://tinyurl.com/DreamWorthyOnLinkedIn
http://tinyurl.com/MikeKunkle-LinkedIn
http://tinyurl.com/KaliOnFacebook
http://tinyurl.com/MikeOnFacebook
http://www.tinyurl.com/DreamWorthyOnFacebook – become a fan!
http://www.twitter.com/DreamWorthy
http://digg.com/users/Digg4DWF

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WOMBATS & BEES ~ Noteworthy Networker Providers Social Media Value

Posted on 01/25/2009. Filed under: Business Networking, Relationship Building, Social Media Marketing, social networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

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Hello DreamWorthy Friends and welcome back!

First, let me say that I’m sorry that our return took longer than anticipated.  With work, our online business, our family, and life in general all going full-steam ahead, getting back here took longer than I thought it would.

Here’s the good news, however.  In my absence, I have been fortunate to make some wonderfully-deserving noteworthy networking connections – one of whom I will share with you today.

As a reminder, this is our blog to showcase, spotlight, and in general, brag and boast heartily about our networking connections, whom we find worthy of the praise and effort. Once we write about someone, they have the freedom to write about any of their noteworthy networking contacts. So, we hope to create a “Pay It Forward” viral networking vehicle, where networking contacts can showcase their deserving associates.

TODAY’S SHOWCASE:  WOMBATS & BEES

Click this link to read and see a Wombat as traditionally defined, thanks to Wikipedia. (Yes, it’s weally a wiki Wombat.)

This is NOT Barry

This is NOT Barry

I define WOMBATS a little differently these days.

For me, it’s “Word-of-Mouth Builds a Tremendous Success.”

Okay, silliness aside – according to most savvy marketers, combining word-of-mouth concepts with the connectivity potential of social media to unleash viral marketing is the best way to foster explosive success for your concept, idea, product or company.  The simple foundation of viral marketing is getting people talking – or good ol’ “word-of-mouth.”  According to word-of-mouth enablers and social media experts from NextBee.com, 80% of companies get 70% of their business from satisfied customers and their referrals. Wow. So what if we could latch onto that potential and foster those referrals? What could we accomplish then?

That leads me to today’s noteworthy networking contact and DreamWorthy Friend, Barry Lee Pace, Vice President of Marketing at NextBee.com.

Next Bee Logo - Catch the Buzz

You can read about NextBee at their site (www.nextbee.com) and explore other areas of their site.

In short, NextBee.com introduces the first ever “platform as a service” solution for word-of-mouth marketing… meaning that marketers can now setup and run campaigns such as referral rewards, contests, reviews, widgets, and cross-site promotions, without requiring any IT or development efforts from their teams – and with extraordinarily easy tracking and hands-off award fulfillment. (I love that part)

Why should you have any faith in NextBee? Hey, that’s always up to you, but aside from the personalities and intelligence of their staff, here’s the other thing that turned our heads:

About Next Bee LLC

Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Next Bee LLC is founded by seasoned entrepreneurs whose previous ventures include GetVendors.com and Jigsaw Ventures (both were acquired by larger corporations). NextBee offers businesses word of mouth marketing solutions. NextBee is not focused on developing automated algorithms to get most of the remnant inventory or link bait schemes. Rather, the NextBee team strives hard to engage community members and enjoys nothing more than the privilege of having strong trusting relationships with them.

“We are focused on enabling businesses who lack huge marketing budgets and development resources to get most from the new trends in social media, social commerce, and the unique marketing opportunities presented by these platforms. We are looking forward to helping businesses get ahead of their competition through the ‘Participation Premium’ (a term coined by social media marketer Robert Scoble to refer the advantage individuals/companies get by better engagement with the community)” says Ashish Mohole, Founder and CEO of the company.

So, NextBee offers:

  • A history of dot-com success for founders and other team members
  • Deep software and algorithm expertise
  • A proven history of past successes
  • Leading edge social media knowledge
  • Their campaigns are cost-effective (if not dirt cheap)
  • Did I mention a history of success?

But it gets better.  Because if NextBee is the cake (aka the foundation), the icing on that cake is Barry Lee Pace.

This IS Barry

This IS Barry

Barry captivates you when you meet him.  He is incredibly disarming, charming, personable and sincerely friendly.  It seems natural, but hey, being just a tad cynical from time to time, I sometimes wonder. Over time, you learn it’s not an act – this is just how Barry is.  And as you talk with him and begin to share ideas, it becomes apparent that Barry has one of those highly creative, experiment-driven, white-board-scribbling, connect-the-dot marketing minds. For cautionary souls with some amount  of risk-aversion, we realize that working from a blank-slate can bring some risks – you don’t want to blow your marketing budget on an experiment. Don’t fret – that’s not what I’m talking about here with Barry. In addition to the openness and creativity, Barry brings his own history of success with Internet marketing, dot-coms and social media marketing – he’s been part of some of the past ventures with founders that make NextBee a good bet.  Barry is also grounded in reality and he and NextBee can put a tremendous amount of expertise in your corner (and, I might add, without taking a tremendous amount out of your pocket)!

You might remember that we are old-hand networkers but admit to being newer at social media marketing and networking. Barry took the time to help us, patiently. He’s networked with us in various places and supported us in other ways that are well beyond a typical supplier or vendor relationship. We are a small client, but it feels like a partnership. In fact, given how reasonable NextBee’s services are, we definitely owe Barry a “relationship check!”  Barry and co-founder Ashish also made our implementation as painless as any I have ever experienced. We inserted a graphic and dropped in some code (that was handed to us), and made a few coupon codes. Tracking is painless as well.  I believe their platform, product and services will level the playing field, giving smaller players an incredible leg up in the online world.

You can read a bit more about NextBee, our involvement with them, and some of their clients, on another blog post at ShopWorthy.  To see our first referral campaign, check out the banner on our homepage at DreamWorthy Gifts.  Here’s how our first campaign works:  When you refer friends, they get a coupon for 25% off. When they buy – you receive a coupon for 40% off your next purchase. There is no limit to the number of friends you can refer, or the number of 40% coupons you can gather.  It’s all powered by NextBee.com – other than refreshing coupons, we will barely need to lift a finger.

Whether or not you plan to do business with NextBee, I’d highly recommend that you connect with Barry for networking purposes. If you’re reading this blog about networking, we might as well be supporting each other.

Connect with Barry:

http://tinyurl.com/BarryOnFacebook
http://blog.nextbee.com
http://sta.rtup.biz/profile/b_lee
http://jenboone.ning.com/profile/BarryLee
http://tinyurl.com/BarryOnLinkedIn
http://retailindustryprofessionals.ning.com/profile/BarryLee
http://twitter.com/barryleepace

Barry, I hope this helps you in some way, as you have helped us.  Readers, I sincerely hope that Barry – or a connection you make through him – brings additional success your way.

And lastly Barry, the baton is now passed.  Let us know when you want to showcase a noteworthy networking contact and the stage will be yours.

Well that’s it for this post, kind readers. Thank you for reading and for networking.  And hats off to Barry for adding real offline value in an online world.

Your friends in networking,

Mike & Kali Kunkle
___________________________
DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
Write to me: Mike@DreamWorthyGifts.com
Shop at: http://www.DreamWorthyGifts.com
Read our Shopping Blog: http://DreamWorthyGifts.blogspot.com

JOIN US AT:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dreamworthygifts
http://www.linkedin.com/in/mikekunkle
http://www.tinyurl.com/MikeOnFacebook
http://www.tinyurl.com/KaliOnFacebook
http://www.tinyurl.com/DreamWorthyOnFacebook – become a fan!
http://sta.rtup.biz/profile/KaliKunkle
http://sta.rtup.biz/profile/MikeKunkle
http://www.twitter.com/DreamWorthy
http://digg.com/users/dreamworthy

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DreamWorthy Friends is Born – Network and Make Friends Today!

Posted on 12/30/2008. Filed under: Business Networking, Interpersonal Skills, Relationship Building, Social Media Marketing, Social skills | Tags: , , , , |

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Who We Are and Why We’re Here

Hello gentle readers.  My name is Mike Kunkle. My business, opened in 2008 and co-owned by my wife Kali, is DreamWorthy Gifts LLC and our webstore is at http://www.DreamWorthyGifts.com. DreamWorthy Gifts is a Web store featuring thousands of gifts for all occasions, figurines, home and garden decor, kitchen and bath decor, bath and body care, religious home accents, men’s and women’s accessories, seasonal items, gift cards and more.

Over the past months, while (still, yet, always?) figuring out social media networking and ‘all-things-online,’ we’ve made some great networking connections and met some noteworthy people.

Since our business blog (ShopWorthy – A Blog About Online Shopping) is about, well, online shopping, we wanted a separate forum to showcase and spotlight our networking contacts and new business friends.  Call us crazy, we like to do that.

And with that thought, history is made, with our new blog here on WordPress.com – DreamWorthy Friends.

A Few Quick Thoughts About Networking

Good networking is the stuff that Dale Carnegie courses are made of (and yes, I’m a graduate and an ex-graduate assistant).  As such, I hate to ruffle feathers, but if I’m going to remain genuine, I have to say that with all the buzz and fuss about networking these days, and with all the avenues and vehicles that technology has created in the name of ‘networking,” I… well, I don’t really see much of it happening. There, I said it. Maybe I’m sheltered, but if so, the sheltered people around me are saying the same thing. Or at least not “professional networking” for business purposes.

So what makes good networking? This is a topic for a whole book, not a blog, but here are some quick thoughts and an acronym – RUM:

Relationships:

  • You have disclosed info about yourself and they have reciprocated.
  • You have their contact info and they have yours.
  • You trust them enough to give them a contact’s email address. You at least think they’d do the same.

Understanding:

  • You know what they do.
  • You know who they can help.
  • You know what kind of results they can provide for their customers.

Meaning:

  • There is a valid reason to make a connection – person A has something that can help person B.
  • Preferably, there is a way they can help each other.
  • You feel good about making the connection and they are grateful you did (whether or not there is a business transaction).

What to Mix with RUM
Having a LinkedIn connection or a fan on your facebook business page (or Twitter or anywhere else) is meaningless in itself. (But you do have to start somewhere. If you have these things… kudos!)  After you’ve amassed some connections, ask yourself:

  • What do I know about them?
  • What do they do?
  • Who do I know that needs them?
  • How can I help them?
  • Do they know the above about me? (Do they care?)
  • Can we join forces on something or in some way, short-term or long?
  • How can they help me?

So Let’s Meet Some Friends That Walk the Talk

We said we were here to showcase networking friends, so with that foundation laid, let’s get to it. We’ll write more about good networking and its benefits in the future.

Warren Veach – Paper Cards in a Wired World

Warren Veach is a networking contact and new friend of ours. We’re connected on www.Sta.rtUp.biz and facebook. He lives 25 minutes away from us and we met on the Internet.  Warren is an online and offline entrepreneur who runs multiple businesses (as an ex-boss once said, it’s smart to have multiple arteries to the heart). He can help you attain better health insurance coverage (especially for the self-employed and small business owners), assist you with your insurance CE (continuing education), help you save money on your utility bills or taxes, or provide you the means to keep in touch with friends, family, and clientele.

  • Read about Warren here. His profile and how he has written it speaks volumes about him.
  • Later, if interested, you can read his blog.

Among other things that make Warren a cool guy, he merges the online/offline worlds deftly. He’s mostly an online business driver, but he sends real paper ‘thank you cards’ and other cards to his clients, by using technology wisely with SendOutCards. Here’s what Warren has to say, taken from an excerpt from an email he sent to us recently, to explain SendOutCards (at our request):

“I personally think this is about the best thing since sliced bread. It is a semi-automated online tool that allows you to send a thank you, birthday, anniversary, “just thinking of you”, or any other type of cards you want to send. Once you enter in the name/address of the person you want to send a card to, you simply pick from the thousands of cards available by category, write in your personal message (or choose a card that has a pre-written message), and hit Send Card. The system prints the card, puts it in an envelope, stamps it with a 1st class stamp, puts your return address on the envelope, and mails it. The back office allows you to develop different groups to mail to (i.e. family, friends, clients) so you can mass mail to a group, or pick an individual out of a group to send a card. I can choose to send cards in an envelope, or a postcard.

When I acquire a new client, I put his/her name, along with the family’s details into the contact manager.  I put in their birthdays and send a birthday card to them. I use it to send “Thank you for your business” cards, or a card to let them know it’s time to review their coverage. With 450 clients, you can imagine how much time I could spend just addressing and sending Christmas cards, much less all the other cards.

Recently, I got a “Merry Christmas e-mail” from a friend. It landed in my trash folder. I often get e-mails that end up there, or I move them there because I don’t recognize the sender, and I don’t want to chance getting a virus from an unscrupulous e-card sender.  That NEVER happens when I send a card through the mail. 100% of the cards get opened, and everybody loves getting a card!

This link will allow you to take it for a test run and send a card to whoever you choose, just click the banner at the top of the page where it says, “Click To Send a Free Card”: http://www.sendoutcards.com/warrenveach

Warren’s not alone in using SendOutCards. But he’s someone we know and network with, who is working to build a deeper relationship with clients using some old world methods. And much to his credit, he is also currently exploring other ways to maximize Web 2.0 and Word of Mouth viral marketing as well.

Julio Ricardo Varela – Responsiveness Rules

Julio Ricardo Varela is another friend from www.Sta.rtUp.biz and www.LinkedIn.com.

So what is “the most underrated skill in business?”  According to Julio, it’s being responsive. Whether to a customer, a prospect, a friend or a networking contact, responsiveness is a critical and often overlooked skill.  In my last corporate job, my staff trained wholesale mortgage account executives, who called on mortgage brokers.

In that industry, do you know what the number one complaint was from brokers about account executives? Responsiveness.

Seriously! Brokers once told us that what they wanted most from an account executive was a quick return call. (And they may not have even said “quick.”) I found this stunning, but it was true.  To create competitive advantage, our account executives had to simply CALL CUSTOMERS BACK.  Mind-boggling, isn’t it?

That seems obvious, but to Julio’s point, when you are crazy-busy, as we all get, do you take the 15 seconds to email back to say so and that you will get back soon? Do you set an auto-response that says you are backed up and to call if it is an urgent issue? Or what do you do?  This is worth some effort and thought – check out Julio’s blog and scope out a few others. Unlike me, he keeps them short and sweet, and there is always a pearl of wisdom, often about networking effectively.

Pamela Hoke – Get Personal and Authentic
How about this… Do you ever ‘fudge’ or ‘play politics’ with people?  Or are you a completely genuine, authentic soul? How personal do you make your messages, whether service or networking messages? Pamela Hoke has some thoughts about this for us.  Who’s Pamela, you ask? Pamela Hoke is a new friend on www.Sta.rtUp.biz who recently posted a blog we absolutely loved.

We like Pamela’s thoughts because in addition to reinforcing our networking messages, they build on Ken’s recent blogs about the power of Twitter for business. Linda says:

“Today’s audiences, especially on our site here, want personal messages, to feel like their needs are genuinely being addressed. Gone are the days of throwing out generic messages to the masses, what is “in” is taking one person at a time. Even the largest growing brands have caught on to this. Here is just a sampling from one of my favorite e-newsletters, iMediaConnection in an article addressing success on Twitter:

Neal Stewart, founder of Flying Dog Brewery, quoted in article: ‘When building a base of followers, don’t go out and spam huge groups of people and hope they follow you. That’s a pretty unauthentic way to dialogue with consumers. On the other hand, we monitor for conversations about us and then follow those people and hope they follow us because we know they are interested. We have found they are usually glad to have us reach out to them.’

The article’s author, Denise Zimmerman, goes on to state: ‘If you wonder how connecting with one customer at a time can really have an impact consider the recent “Comcast customer success story” post on Steve Garfield’s blog. The blog post recounts the story of Eliason’s direct involvement with Garfield to resolve an issue he was having with his TiVo. You can read the entire story here . Garfield, by the way, has more than 5,000 followers, about as many as Comcast. This is viral in action!”

Read the links, but the short story is this. Garfield contacted Comcast via Twitter. Comcast conference with Garfield and TiVo. Garfield streamed the TiVo issue to them to demo the issue. The service providers are now working out the issue. And now, this service recovery for Comcast and TiVo are broadcasted to Garfield’s large Web 2.0 world.  It all started with a little blue bird, but the resulting ‘people connection’ made it sing.

It always comes down to people.

Well that’s it for our first post, kind readers. Thank you for reading and for networking. And hats off to Warren, Julio and Linda for adding real offline value in an online world.

Your friend in networking,

Mike
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Mike Kunkle
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DreamWorthy Gifts LLC
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